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UN Human Rights Council Should Act on Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Cameroon, and the Philippines

While the Council has several critical situations on its agenda, we are alarmed that the crises in many countries deepen while the Council stands idly by. Civic space in Bahrain has continued to shrink as prominent rights defenders, journalists and opposition leaders are harshly punished for rights activism or criticizing the authorities. In Egypt, police systematically use torture, arbitrary arrests, and enforced disappearances to silence political dissent under the guise of combatting terrorism. Authorities are actively dismantling independent civil society through restrictive legislation, detaining…

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